• Trends in the diagnosis of epilepsy have continued to focus on the fundamental cause of the seizures, as well as the seizure type. It is the latter that determines symptomatic therapy. New drugs have improved the lives of many epileptic patients, and emphasis on nonsedative medications, both new and old, is now possible and desirable in most patients. Finally, new and better drugs are needed for the many severely affected epileptic patients who are not helped by the currently available antiepileptic drugs.
(Arch Intern Med 1983;143:945-947)